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IP (remote viewing KVM) - please recommend (review site)

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I'm in the market for a good IP enabled (remote viewing) KVM.

This is a lazy question (I know I can search Google) but I'm hoping for a quick answer.

Where might I find a good comprehensive review on KVMs of this nature?  What are you using or what are you considering?

Ideally, I'd like to keep the price down (~ $700.00?) as much as possible so I don't require any more than 8 ports (no expandability required), no major security (I'll be using a VPN anyway) nor do I require sophisticated user management.  I should be able to view screens and enter keyboard/mouse operations in a web-like interface.  It must work well with all versions of Windows (NT, 2K, XP), Novell, and Linux.  I've never owned a KVM that didn't occassionally give me mouse troubles in Windows NT and 2K.

Thank you,
Shawn

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by:DiCeR
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VNC ( http://www.realvnc.com/ ) and various spinoffs like TightVNC or Ultr@VNC
NX ( http://www.nomachine.com/ )
PCAnywhere ( http://www.symantec.com/pcanywhere/ )

These are software designed for remote-desktop/management use. I dont know if these wil meet your needs.

Hope this helps.
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No, this is not software-only solution. Possible choices are from

http://www.avocent.com
http://www.minicom.com
http://www.aten.com/
http://www.raritan.com/

Cheapest solution seems to be ATEN CN-6000 (~900USD). Probably you should consider using PCs on both ends.

More information about prices can be found, for example, at http://www.kvm-switches-online.com/kvm-switch-over-ip.html

I haven't found goot site, that compares various KVMs :(
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Raritan is a premium solution and has quite a range of products.
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by:PRDUBOIS
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DO NOT use Belkin, They SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!

We have had nothing but problems with them.

HP makes spme good ones
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by:sconnell
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Actually, I am currently using a Belkin and yes, if you don't mind the occasional loss of mouse (requiring a reboot) or the more frequent wild mouse syndrome... Belkin is an okay cheap solution.  

What do you use?

tapkep: What do you mean by, "Probably you should consider using PCs on both ends."?

What about those IP enabled remote reboot power bars?  Has anyone tried them?

I could probably save a fortune by sticking with a remote comm package (the new PC Anywhere v11.5 has very nice security) and in the event where I cannot access a server I can be reasonably assured that it's time for a reboot.

Thank you
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by:PRDUBOIS
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I use Belkin & HP. I like the HP and Cuss the Belkins.

Most of the time I prefer to just use Terminal server of PC anywhere.
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by:tapkep
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sconnell, sorry, pasted too much :) It is bad that once sent, you can't edit your own comments...
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by:sconnell
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Thank you for all your help, however, getting back to my original question... can someone point me to a good review site for KVM switches?

I did find: http://www.42u.com/kvm_switch_reviews.htm

Anything else?
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by:sconnell
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Is there anyone out there?
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by:tapkep
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Probably noone have found better site :-/
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Hello Prdubois, I shall look at your links tomorrow (it's too late now).  Thank you.
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Thank you for your help folks!
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